Transfer Credits

Transferring Credits to Hawkeye

Sending College Transcripts

Evaluation and Acceptance of Transfer Credits

Earning Required Credits from Hawkeye

Determining Transfer Credit

Sending College Transcripts

To transfer college credit you earned at another college or institution, you must request an official transcript be sent directly to Hawkeye. The official transcript must:

  • be sent from your previous college or institution directly to Hawkeye's Admissions office.
  • bear the official seal and signature of the official in charge of the records at your previous college or institution.

A transcript must be provided for each previous college or institution you attended to be considered for transfer credit even though all previous records may be summarized on one transcript.

Hawkeye will not accept unofficial transcripts for transfer credit evaluation.  You may provide unofficial transcripts or other academic records to prove a prerequisite has been completed to register for a sequential course.

Evaluation and Acceptance of Transfer Credits

The length of time to prepare a transfer evaluation varies. If your transfer credits are from a college located in another state or if your credits are not recent, it may take longer to evaluate your transcript.

Please allow up to three to four weeks from the time the transcript arrives at Hawkeye. Transcripts will be evaluated by Hawkeye's Student Records and Registration office.

Accepted Transfer Credits

You are encouraged to periodically check My Hawkeye > WebAdvisor for Students > Academic Profile > Transcript to determine if transfer credits have been applied to your record. Coursework is listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent coursework at the top of the transcript. Transfer coursework is listed under the semester it was taken, will not have a grade in the Grade column, and will not have a term in the Term column.

As of August 1, 2011, transfer credits earned Fall 2011 or later must be a C or higher to earn transfer credit. Transfer students who earned a C- or higher prior to Fall 2011 (Summer 2011 or earlier) will be awarded transfer credit.

Hawkeye does not calculate transfer grade points into the Hawkeye GPA, but the grade associated with the transfer course must meet the minimum grade requirement. Your GPA at Hawkeye only includes grades earned at Hawkeye.

  • Credits from Regionally Accredited Colleges and Universities
    Courses at a regionally accredited college or university will be accepted as transfer credits if Hawkeye determines the course is transferable or technical.

    Courses considered to be developmental or remedial are non-transferable. Experiential credits are non-transferable.

  • Credits from Colleges and Universities with Candidate Statuses
    Courses at a college or university, that are candidate status for accreditation by a regional association, will be accepted as transfer credits in a similar manner as credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Credits must be applicable to your program of study.

  • Credits from Non-Regionally Accredited Colleges and Universities
    Hawkeye will not accept credits from a college or university that is not regionally accredited.

  • Credits from Foreign Colleges and Universities
    All foreign transcripts must be professionally translated to English by a translation service upon receipt. Students must also provide official course descriptions in English in order to evaluate the coursework for transfer credit. Hawkeye may need to forward the official transcript and course descriptions to a third party for further evaluation. This could take an additional few weeks.

  • Courses from a foreign educational institution may be accepted as transfer credits, typically assigned to general areas of study, after the following conditions have been met:

    • it is determined what type of institution is involved.
    • it is determined that it's recognized by the educational authorities of its country.
    • the content and level of courses and programs are found to be comparable to those at Hawkeye.
  • Students with Military Experience
    There is no limit to the amount of credit hours that can be accepted for courses determined to be lower-division baccalaureate level as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Credit is accepted for all forms of basic training as long as it meets the ACE recommendation. All military credit will be awarded as general elective credit. No credit will be awarded for military occupational specialty (MOS).

    If you are attending under Veteran’s Administration benefits, you must have previous educational experience evaluated by Hawkeye transfer credit.

    See Request Official Military Transcripts

Credits from a Previous Associate's or Bachelor's Degree

Hawkeye will evaluate your credits based on the program of study you choose. Hawkeye will only transfer courses needed for that program if the transfer course meets the minimum grade requirement.

Applying Credits to a Technical Program at Hawkeye

If it is determined that the course(s) taken are similar in course content to a required course in one of Hawkeye's technical programs, a copy of your transcript will be submitted to the respective Hawkeye academic department for evaluation. It is the department’s discretion to accept or not accept the credit for the program.

You can run a program evaluation/degree audit  at My Hawkeye > WebAdvisor for Students > Academic Profile > Program Evaluation/Degree Audit.  If the requirement has been fulfilled by a transfer course, the requirement will be marked with a C (Completed) on the left-hand side and a credit status of  *TE (Transfer Equivalency) will display next to the credit hours for the course. Transfer courses that were transferred but do not apply towards the program of study will be listed under Other Courses, typically located at the end of the degree audit. 

Earning Required Credits from Hawkeye

To earn a degree from Hawkeye, a certain number of credits must be earned while at Hawkeye.

Career or Technical Program
Associate in Applied Arts
Associate in Applied Science
Diploma
Certificate


At least 1/4 of your required credits must be earned at Hawkeye Community College.
Transfer Program
Associate of Arts
Associate of General Studies
Associate of Science


At least 30 credits hours or 16 of your last 22 credit hours must be earned at Hawkeye.

Hawkeye will accept up to 16 credit hours of Applied Science and Technology credits as elective credit.

Determining Transfer Credit

Hawkeye endorses the Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Academic Credit approved by the American Council on Education (ACE), the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Hawkeye uses various publications in determining transfer credit including, but not limited to:

  • current issue of Transfer Credit Practices of Selected Education Institutions, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • publications of the American Council on Education
  • College Source

The acceptance and use of transfer credit is subject to limitations in accordance with educational policies at Hawkeye.

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